Energy Efficiency
Enable Power Management Features On Computers And Office Equipment

What Is It?

Power management features enable machines to turn off or enter “sleep” mode after a predetermined period of inactivity, which uses much less energy than during full operation. Most electronic equipment manufactured in the last 10 years comes standard with these features. It is worth noting, however, that power management needs to be enabled in advance for it to work.


Enabling power management will cut down on energy consumption and lengthen the useful life of equipment. Computers, monitors, and other electronics will continue to run unless turned off or set to turn off after a predetermined amount of time. Depending on how often machines are left on and not fully used, power management has the potential to return significant energy and cost savings.

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Learn how to save up to $50 per computer annually with power management.

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Challenge Participants Currently Adopting This Practice

  • Nixon Peabody
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Citizens Bank

Financing Options, Incentives, And Rebates

Additional Resources

Local Service Providers / Consultants:

  • Free consultation – J. Michael Walker, Beacon Consultants Network (a US EPA ENERGY STAR Technical Support Contractor), p: 617-921-8445,

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